Preview Engraven Upon Plates, Printed Upon Paper October 23 2023
"This expansive study immediately rises to top of must-read resources relative to the Book of Mormon."
— Kerry Hull, co-editor, A Hundredth Part: Exploring the History and Teachings of the Book of Mormon
"No one person has made a more thorough attempt to account for all the historical dimensions of the Book of Mormon."
— Joseph M. Spencer, author, The Anatomy of Book of Mormon Theology
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In Engraven Upon Plates, Printed Upon Paper: Textual and Narrative Structures of the Book of Mormon, author Brant A Gardner delves into the intriguing layers of composition and historical context of the Book of Mormon. While taking seriously the implications for what it means for this book of scripture to be a translation of an ancient record written by historical persons, Gardner explores the translation process of the Book of Mormon, analyzing three compositional layers: the nineteenth-century text, the Nephite Book of Mormon, and the Nephite writers and their sources. This work contributes to a deeper understanding of the origins and compositional history of the Book of Mormon, without aiming to serve as an apologetic defense.